After lengthy discussion, and polling our active Widows for their opinions, it became clear to me last night that, while we all agree that NBT could be fun, and that we'd go along with it if everyone else wanted to commit to it, almost all of us don't actually want to participate in NBT, myself included.
In light of that, I withdrew us from the NBT coalition with 2323 and 4ARM last night. The interest just is not there, not in the numbers that would allow us to meaningfully contribute to NBT. Any Widows who do still want to participate are welcome to get in touch with 2323 and run with them in NBT, but we will no longer be participating as a unit.
This comes on top of the decision to move the Widows to games beyond MWO. The community is dying, new members are few and far between, and even the few, hard-core members we have left are rapidly burning out from the game. If we want to stay together as a unit, we need to move on to something new.
This past weekend, we looked at Planetside 2, and while it is a fun game, and has several aspects that we are looking for, I'm not convinced that it is the game for us. It is too easy for smaller groups to be overwhelmed and be unable to make meaningful contributions.
This week, we will be exploring Battlefield 1. While I also don't think BF1 will be our ultimate destination, it just doesn't have anything beyond the scale of a single match that we're looking for, I do think it will be a better fit for us in the short-term, and less expensive in the long-run (and PS2 pushes their, rather expensive, pay-for-convenience model VERY hard). Several of us already have BF1, and you can download it on Origin and get 10 hours of trial time for free, which I think should be enough to allow us a decent test run.
BF1 or PS2 may be the game we ultimately settle on for the short-term, or they may not, but I don't think either game really offers us everything we're truly looking for in a primary-focus game. Star Citizen might, if the update that is due in the next week is close to what it's promising, and that will be something we'll be exploring as well. Other suggestions are also very welcome. Regardless, in addition to shifting our primary-focus game, we will also be shifting our structure from near-exclusive focus on one game, to having a primary-focus game supported by several other games we play together. It is important that we diversify, so that we have other games to play together, so that we all have options to play with each other even if we don't all want to play the main focus game, and so that we have other games to jump into to help stave off burn-out on the main focus game.
If you have any other questions, comments, concerns, feedback, or input, please post them in this thread. I look forward to hearing your inputs.
-Col. Ilithi Dragon
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